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Oak Press Back Chair, Hander Woodworking
Oak Press Back Chair, Hander Woodworking
This late 1800's to early1900's, red oak, press back chair was brought into Hander Woodworking in obvious need of attention.  The front, left leg was broken in two places and one front stretcher bar was broken in half and at each tenon.  Red oak tends to get dry and brittle after 100 years or so and this particular piece was just that.  As a result, a strong, usable repair was not possible on the leg or stretcher bar.   After discussing the situation with the owner, it was decided to have new parts turned to replace the broken pieces and then steam and bend the new leg to match the original.  Below is a picture of the new, turned leg wedged in a form after steaming.   The top right picture is the completed job.